Mark Lanegan releasing a Christmas album

The great Mark Lanegan—deep-throated vocalist for Screaming Trees and The Gutter Twins (with Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli)—is releasing a Christmas album. Titled "Dark Mark Does Christmas," the LP includes ten tracks, half of which were previously available on an EP sold during Lanegan's 2012 tour. (Listen above to his take on the 1857 carol "We Three Kings.") From Spin:

The 2012 EP that featured the debut of the Dark Mark moniker included "The Cherry Tree Carol," "Down In Yon Forest," "O Holy Night," "We Three Kings," "Coventry Carol" and the Roky Erickson cover "Burn The Flames."

The new material includes the Everley Brothers' "Christmas Eve Can Kill You" a stripped-down tune appropriate to the vibe the title indicates. And Rough Trade calls the new Lanegan original, "A Christmas Song," "delicate and heartbreaking." Ho ho ho.

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